David Ben-Merre is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Buffalo State – SUNY. His primary research interests include modernism, poetics, intellectual history, and interdisciplinary studies. He recently published articles on Giorgio Agamben, Charles Dickens, James Joyce, and W.B. Yeats, and he has published a Wednesday crossword puzzle in the New York Times (1/9/13). David was a former competitor for the Johns Hopkins mock trial team, a coach at Buffalo State, and he became a Director in 2015.